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Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life Hardcover – May 21, 2013
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“A book that is as relevant and imperative for the parents of a 12-year-old as it is for the CEO of a behemoth corporation. And with luck it will help you to find yours.”—Vanity Fair
“Fans may glean some insight about understanding who we are as individuals and how we can have a better life that communicates our uniqueness to the world.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Finding Your Element is an accessible, actionable guide for discovering what most matters.”—New York Journal of Books
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He has three major principles:
Principle #1: Your Life is Unique.
We're all different.
We're all a mix of nature and nurture.
Principle #2: You create your own life.
Carl Jung: "I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become."
Principle #3: Life is Organic
We all change. We don't have a linear path. He incorporates a lot of examples of successful people who had a completely nonlinear path to success.
Vivek Wadhwa, famous for his work on immigrants working in the technology field in the United States, realized that "there is no link between what you study in college and how successful or otherwise you are later in your life."
Ken Robinson talks about a lot of the existing literature and methods for finding out what your passion is and he's fairly critical of them. He talks about what's called the Forer Effect, also known as the Barnum Effect. You mold your personality to conform with what people tell you your personality incorporates. Robinson is in favor of using personality types to describe yourself, but he says not to let the personality definitions (MBTI for example) limit you.Read more ›
In response, this sequel has five main thematic threads that weave throughout the book, each of which is intended to help the reader reflect and focus on finding their own Element and, if they wish to, help others to do so. Robinson provides ideas and principles as well as stories and examples, stories, and other resources such as 15 exercises to complete (more about them in a moment) and clusters of questions to consider at the end of each chapter before moving on to the next. In fact, each chapter title is a question. "Although there are ten chapters in the book, Finding Your Element is not a ten-step program." Just as Oscar Wilde once suggested, "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken," Robinson suggests that only the reader can answer the questions posed. "In the end, only you will know if you've found your Element or if you are still looking for it. Whichever it proves to be, you should never doubt this is a quest worth taking.Read more ›
I'm not saying this is bad advice, or that the commonsense wisdom, spoken through the silver-tongued mouth of Sir Ken Robinson, won't inspire some to get off their butts and take action. But the majority of the book contains disappointingly obvious cliches backed up by real-life accounts of people who have followed this obvious advice, and, unsurprisingly, had positive results. *It worked for Sally-Jo... It can work for you, too!*
For me, the book never digs deep enough into the gritty, challenging areas of helping people transition to a meaningful career. Rarely if ever, for example, does the text address the fact that we live in a techno-industrial civilization that is specifically designed to prevent most people from fulfilling their individual creative potential, and to enslave us in a monolithic, hierarchical corporate economy. "You always have choices," Sir Ken boasts confidently. Well, in today's world of neoliberal domination, choices are becoming narrower and narrower for the vast majority of the population.
The book feels somewhat out of touch with the struggles of everyday people. It's very genial throughout, and the tone is avuncular, as if a rich old uncle is talking to his young rich nephew about whether or not he should be a horse jockey or continue in the family silver business.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I admit, when I first encountered Finding Your Element by Sir Ken Robinson, I assumed it was some touchy-feely, aura-seeking manifesto: “Discover what heavy metal corresponds to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam
This book was very helpful to know me better and find my element. I found some clues to discover my epiphany but I need to overcome some psychological problems and look after... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Khamy
This book is terrific. So I depth if you are serious about finding where you should be in your life and fulfilling what you are called to do. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ellie